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Parks, Recreation and Community Services
Department Mission, Vision and Values
Mission: The mission of the City of Rio Rancho’s Department of Parks, Recreation, & Community Services is to create and maintain spaces and activities that grow a greater sense of community and enhance the quality of life for its residents.

Vision & Core Values: Through spirited service and a can-do attitude, the City of Rancho’s Department of Parks, Recreation, & Community Services provides quality and diverse recreation and educational programming, cultural and enjoyable opportunities, senior services, para-transit services, community centers, trails, parks, and an open space network for all residents.
  • Quality in Everything We Do – We are committed to excellence in the field of parks, recreation, and community and senior services
  • Unified Vision – We are committed to our quest to enhance the sense of community and the quality of the life in Rio Rancho with a singleness of purpose and clarity of direction
  • Effective Leadership – We are committed to working creatively and competently with thoughtful and inspirational guidance and leadership
  • Service – We are committed to being responsible to the community by developing trust and improving communication
  • Team Work – We are committed to embracing everyone’s contribution and developing our team to its fullest potential
  • Community – We are committed to involving community members and businesses at every turn in the processes of planning, funding and creating new facilities and programs

The Parks, Recreation and Community Services team is extremely proud of the department’s accomplishments and recognizes the devotion, support and creativity that are put together each and every year by the employees of the six divisions within.

Parks and Recreation Video 
Check out this amazing YouTube video highlighting all of the great programs and events offered through the City of Rio Rancho Parks and Recreation Department: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXfbEebTHto&feature=youtu.be

Programming & Recreation Division

The Programming and Recreation Division manages the City’s four (4) community centers, Rio Rancho Aquatic Center, and three (3) outdoor swimming pools.

The Division is committed to providing recreation, cultural and education services to all Rio Rancho citizens. The heart of the Division is the staff that coordinates quality and diverse youth and adult programs.

The Division strives to provide excellent customer service by making certain all facilities and programs are being facilitated in a fair, consistent and fiscally sound manner. Ultimately, the mission is to create, provide and promote quality of life services and programs, empowering each individual while simultaneously enriching the well being of the entire community.

Parks and Facilities Division
Our Facilities Division preserves and maintains the City's investments in community centers, parks, sports facilities and trails. A key element in the Parks and Facilities Division is periodic and preventive maintenance of these assets.

The workforce is assigned regularly scheduled maintenance activities, in addition to managing the inevitable unforeseen or emergency repairs. These assignments ensure that all parks, trails and facilities are inspected, maintained, repaired, and in operable condition for the community.

The Parks and Facilities Division is furthermore accountable for the design and construction of new parks and the restoration and renovation of some of the city’s mature parks and amenities. Additionally, the division works with Resource Development Division staff on forecasting, comprehensive planning and implementation of large scale projects.

Resource Development Division
The Resource Development Division is responsible for the forecasting, comprehensive planning, implementation and tracking of assets and projects in partnership with all of the Divisions within the Department.

Resource Development works with other divisions to ensure progress toward sustainable, effective and efficient maintenance of city facilities and resources, and to create and implement plans for development and acquisition of new parks, facilities, trails and open space.

The Division represents the Department in the development process to ensure proper accessibility, allocation and design of facilities that will be dedicated to the City and Department. Resource Development will also create and monitor Department policies that will ensure the protection of our facilities and natural resources for the City and its residents.

Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful
Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful's (KRRB) mission is to educate, facilitate, and inspire the community to take pride and ownership in proper solid waste handling practices, recycling, litter prevention, beautification and environmental education programs through community partnerships. KRRB’s programs and events provide volunteer opportunities, education and outreach and proper waste disposal options to citizens to help the community take part in sustainable activities throughout the year.

Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful co-manages and operates the City of Rio Rancho and Sandoval County Recycling Center at 2700 Iris Rd NE. near the intersection of Iris and Idalia, on Saturdays from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.next to the Sandoval County Landfill.

Senior Services Division
The mission of the Division of Senior Services (DSS) is "to promote positive aging" which it accomplishes through the extensive educational and recreational programming and social services offered at the Meadowlark Senior Center (MSC).

The Senior Center has a membership of approximately 4,400 individuals, 55 years of age and older. MSC also has a volunteer program in excess of 250 individuals who perform a variety of functions at the Center. In order to enhance services to the community, MSC has become a hub for partnerships with other public and non-profit organizations, many of which are housed at the Center.

Chief among these is the partnership with the Sandoval County Senior Program to provide congregate and in-home meals and transportation at MSC through the Older Americans Act. Additionally, the Mid-Region Council of Governments operates Rio Transit, a para-transit system for those 55 years of age and older and the handicapped 18 years of age and older who need help with medical appointments, personal errands, educational activities, shopping and employment.

MSC is partnering with PeopleWorks-NM, a non-profit social service organization that provides individual and group counseling, case management, interns and staff training at the Center. Other partnerships include Jewish Family Service of New Mexico, the City of Albuquerque, Department of Senior Affairs and the New Mexico Department of Health which offers evidence-based programming; AARP which has helped to expand program offerings and provides assistance to MSC members; and a consortium of governmental and non-profit organizations which comprise the Multidisciplinary Team. This group meets monthly and assists with care management.

As a multipurpose senior center, MSC serves as a community focal point for the region by providing information and referral services; classes in lifelong learning, health and wellness, crafts and fine arts and social and recreational activities; trips and special events; and clubs and special interest groups, all of which promote personal growth and enrichment. 

Contact Us
Connie Peterson

3200 Civic Center Circle NE
Suite 100
Rio Rancho, NM 87144

Ph: 505-891-5015
Fx: 505-891-5205